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Academic Environment

What is an Exchange Program?

An exchange program is a direct agreement between the University of Illinois and a foreign university.  Exchange programs offer you the best of all worlds: an affordable way to spend a semester or an academic year abroad, and the chance to continue taking courses that can fulfill graduation requirements.  As a participant in an exchange program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at your host university. You will take classes with local students, live in student housing, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university. These programs are designed to immerse you in the student life and academic system of another country.

Where you will study

The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 and is home to nearly 30,000 students.  It was named University of the Year in 2014, and the National Student Survey of the same year indicated an 88% student satisfaction rating and 90% satisfaction with teaching.  Birmingham is home to 8 Nobel Prize winners, and is well-known for its innovation (it was the first university to create a students' union, incorpoate at medical school, and expand sports opportunities to all students).  Click here to see why students think that the University of Birmingham is a great place to live and study.

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In the UK, courses are called "modules".  Modules can be available for the semester or the full academic year.

Before applying for study abroad, all students are encouraged to discuss their interest in study abroad with their academic advisor, and to determine when study abroad best fits within their degree program.  For more information about the available courses at the University of Birmingham, visit the Birmingham course catalog.  For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the University of Illinois Course Approval Database.

Restricted and high-demand courses: please be aware that there are some courses that are restricted from study abroad and exchange students.  In addition, it may be difficult to enroll in high-demand courses due to limited class space.  For details about restricted and high-demand courses, click here.  All students should aim to be as flexible as possible with their schedule for study abroad, to accommodate for limited class space and timetable clashes.

Unique opportunities: The Liberal Arts & Sciences program at the University of Birmingham offers a number of excursions and guest lectures throughout the semeser.  Exchange students studying abroad at Birmingham are permitted to enroll and participate in these courses.  For more information please click on the following leaflet: 
Liberal Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Leaflet.pdf

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.

Class size

Classes are taught mixing lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs and fieldwork for a full learning experience. Similar to that of the University of Illinois, class sizes will vary at this large institution. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.


All classes in this program will be taught in English.

Student Life

The University of Birmingham students' union (known as the Guild of Students) is home to over 250 groups and societies.  The North American Cultural Society may be of particular interest to Illinois students studying at Birmingham.  For students who may be missing the comforts of home, NACS celebrates American holidays!  

Birmingham students enjoy social events throughout the year: sports nights, Fab N Fresh, weekend trips, and the annual Grand Ball.  On-campus pubs, cafes, and restaurants often hold student events throughout the week).

Off campus, students can enjoy the many sights, tastes, and smells that the city of Birmingham has to offier.  Curry-lovers can enjoy a food tour of the Balti Triangle, arts enthusiasts can explore the Ikon Gallery, concert venues of all shapes and sizes are available for music fans, and the Bullring Shopping Centre can satisfy any need for retail therapy.

It's no surprise that 40% of Birmingham's undergraduates remain in the city to live and work, and Birmingham has the largest population of residents under the age of 25 in Europe.


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Onsite Support

International Student Office

The University of Birmingham has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of Birmingham’s international student office by clicking here.

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Study abroad students are guaranteed accommodation at Birmingham.  Students can choose from 3 villages - The Vale, Selly Oak, and Pritchatts Park - all of which are near to campus.  Most villages are self-catered, but students who prefer a meal plan can opt to live in the Vale Village.  For students who want to get to know locals students, the villages are a great way to accomplish this goal! For more information on accommodation options, click here.

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Application Process


Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application

Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application, which includes:
  • Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an Illinois academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay
  • Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.

Step 2.) The Host University Application
  • Upon reviewing applications submitted in Step 1, the Illinois Abroad office will nominate students to apply directly to their host university (i.e. University of Birmingham).  If you are nominated for the University of Birmingham program, your study abroad advisor will contact you with more information and instructions.
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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am  - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Program Contact Info

Mike Nelson
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/03/2018 06/15/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/23/2018 09/21/2018 06/22/2019
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/23/2018 09/21/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 01/03/2019 06/17/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.

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